Five Huge Matches This Weekend 12/5 - 13/5
Several top European leagues are coming to a close this weekend so there’s plenty on the line with titles and relegations to be the decided along with a cup final in Germany.
Sports Pundit’s Game of the Weekend
Manchester City v QPR
English Premier League, Sunday 4pm (CET)
It all comes down to this in England, with the equation fairly simply for Manchester City with victory against relegation-threatened QPR assuring them of the title, unless second-placed Manchester United, who are level on points, produce a double-figure win at Sunderland. The Sky Blues have stormed home in recent weeks with big wins over the Red Devils and Newcastle. Battling QPR surely won’t stand in their way but nerves could come into it. And QPR have plenty to play for, with any result assuring them of their survival, while anything else can leave the door open for Bolton in 18th.
German DFB-Pokal, Saturday 8pm (CET)
It’ll be a huge day in Berlin on Saturday when Bundesliga back-to-back champions Dortmund take on league runners-up and UCL finalists Bayern Munich. Dortmund won the league crown by eight points ahead of Bayern, so there will be some sense of payback for the Bavarians as they strive to clinch their first silverware of the season, with a huge week ahead. Dortmund can make it a dream double with victory and confirm themselves as Germany’s number one of the past few years.
Spanish La Liga, Sunday 8pm (CET)
It may not seem a huge game on paper, but there’s plenty on the line in this clash. In one corner, Malaga are aiming for a fourth-place finish and Champions League football next term, while Gijon are battling to avoid the drop. Realistically Gijon have a huge ask, needing a big win and hoping results elsewhere go their way. However for big-spending Malaga it’s far more simple; win and they’re in the UCL. If they don’t fifth-placed Atletico Madrid, who won the Europa League in midweek, can swoop.
Italian Serie A, Sunday 8.45pm (CET)
Like in Spain, there’s a huge battle in Italy’s Serie A for Uefa Champions League football with third-placed Udinese currently in the boxseat to secure a berth. However fourth-placed Lazio are only two points behind but face Inter Milan. Any slip up from Udinese could open the door for the Romans so they’ll be steadfast on getting the win in Catania, who themselves are 10th, safe and winless in four. Victory for Udinese and they’re in the UCL.
French Ligue 1, Sunday 9pm (CET)
There’s plenty on the line in France on the penultimate day of the Ligue 1 season, when leaders Montpellier play host to the fast-finishing third-placed champions Lille. Montpellier remain three points ahead of PSG with two games to play, while Lille are a further two back but could come into calculations with a victory here. PSG take on fifth-placed Rennes in a tricky fixture elsewhere, so Montpellier could potentially clinch the crown this weekend too.
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